Y’all, I am so close to being ready to move on to the next step of this kitchen remodel that I can taste it. And it tastes like concrete. Concrete countertops, that is. 😀
After eight days of not working on my kitchen, it felt good to get back in there yesterday and get some stuff done. I got all of the cabinets on the sink wall installed, and got all but two of the cabinets installed on the other side (the breakfast room side) of the peninsula.
Until now, you’ve only seen the cabinets sitting there, with the sink cabinet sticking out because of the plumbing in the way.
But now you can finally see them all installed and even on the front.
The space is where the dishwasher will go. And yes, I know exactly what dishwasher I’ll be getting (the GE Artistry dishwasher that matches my refrigerator and stove), and I made certain I left enough room for it. 🙂
By the way, the peninsula always looks so small to me in pictures. It’s actually quite a good size. On the kitchen side, it’s 110 inches wide, and once the countertop is finished, it’ll be right at 40 inches deep.
On the other side, I got all but two of the cabinets installed. I’m using 12-inch-deep wall cabinets on this side, just like I did on the wall of cabinets.
I ran into a bit of a snafu on the end wall, which is why I wasn’t able to get the other two cabinets installed last night. I realized that this side of the peninsula was going to go right up to the side wall, which meant that all of that old wall covering (the thin plywood and the old pine paneling) needed to come down and drywall needed to be installed on at least that section before I can install the cabinets.
So I’m going to have to take care of that today, but I’m going to do the absolute bare minimum needed in order to get those cabinets installed. I have zero intention of drywalling this room myself. I’ve already said that after the kitchen, I’m going to hire out any drywalling that needs to be done, and that includes the breakfast room. But I just need to do whatever is necessary for now to get those cabinets installed.
You can also see that I did these cabinets a little differently than I did the wall of cabinets. On the wall of cabinets, I built bases to set the cabinets on, and then placed spacers and braces on the wall that simply gave me something to screw the cabinets into but didn’t actually carry any weight.
But on this side of the peninsula, I installed them just like upper cabinets by screwing them into the wall. There’s nothing underneath supporting them.
The reason I did it like this is because the breakfast room floor still isn’t level, and quite honestly, I still haven’t figured out what I want to do about that. I do want it level (obviously) but I’m not sure if I want to DIY it or hire the floor leveling company to do it at the cost of $1500. So for now, the cabinets will be floating, but they’ll eventually have a base that extends all the way down to the (level) floor, just like the rest of the cabinets.
The “empty” corner to the right of the 12-inch cabinet is where one of the remaining two decorative wood columns will go. The other one will go on the other end of this bank of cabinets, next to the wall.
Now about that half wall…
I’ve had quite a few people ask me why a half wall was needed since it won’t show at all once all of the cabinets are installed and the countertop is finished. The main reason it was needed was to provide the proper spacing so that the cabinets on either side of that half wall would clear the wall on this end.
That little portion of wall sticks out about 14 inches on the kitchen side, and about 7 inches on the breakfast room side, and I have a cabinet that has to clear that wall on each side. Without the half wall maintaining that spacing all the way down (i.e., if I had attached cabinets backed up to cabinets without the half wall there), the last cabinet on the breakfast room side wouldn’t have cleared that wall.
But also, that half wall provides some much needed structural support and stability to these cabinets. Cabinets are generally screwed into studs in the wall so that they can’t shift around at all. So by creating this half wall, I gave myself some studs to screw the base cabinets into. Now they’re screwed into the wall, and screwed to each other through the stiles, so there’s no way they’re going to shift.
And finally, the half wall provided the needed spacing for electrical outlet boxes. I have one electrical outlet box inside the wall behind the sink cabinet so that I can plug in the dishwasher and garbage disposal, and I’ll have another electrical outlet box on the end of the peninsula.
Without that half wall there, I wouldn’t have had any spacing to place the electrical outlet boxes.
I am determined to start on the prep work for my countertops today. Oh, how I hope and pray that everything goes smoothly so that that can happen! If so, a kitchen sink may very well be in my near future!! 🙂